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From Paris with Love (2010)

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In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Yin ...
M. Wong
Foreign Minister
François Bredon ...
The Thug
Chems Dahmani ...
Rashid (as Chems Eddine Dahmani)
The Pimp
Julien Hagnery ...
Chinese Punk
Mostéfa Stiti ...
Dir Yasin
Foreign Minister's Aide
Michaël Vander-Meiren ...
Airport Security Official
Didier Constant ...
Customs Official


James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iz Pariza s ljubavlju  »


Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,158,860, 7 February 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,979,741, 7 March 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,826,594, 11 March 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene from the film inspired the "Skinhead John Travolta" meme. See more »


When Wax and Reese are in the SUV following the waiter from the Chinese restaurant, the vehicle is wet, but in close-up shots of them inside the SUV, the windows are dry. See more »


[first lines]
James Reece: [accepts printout] Thank you, Cindy.
Secretary: Welcome...
James Reece: [reading] African Aid Summit prep meeting with the Foreign Minister tomorrow at noon, Summit Conference on Wednesday, G8 Undersecretary conference dinner on Thursday, and a reception for the Secretary of State Friday, sir.
Ambassador Bennington: Can't you see we have more urgent matters to consider, Reece?
[moves his queen]
James Reece: Of course, sir.
[counter moves his queen]
James Reece: Check.
Ambassador Bennington: Must you always be so methodical?
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


Written by Dan Morrissey
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Silly and over the top
27 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he's offered his first senior-level assignment, he can't believe his good luck - until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta)...

From Paris With Love is an unrealistic, over-the-top action flick. The plot is extremely silly, the story quite implausible, and the action scenes are absolutely ridiculous not to mention that you can see the twist coming from the beginning.Both Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers deliver good performances and they had good chemistry but at the same time their characters are paper-thin and were poorly written. Something that appalled me was the editing of the film and the transition between some scenes. I thought it was rather choppy and not something I would expect from experienced directors like Luc Besson and Pierre Morel. The film does have its moments and can be quite entertaining at times but if you're expecting something along the lines of Morel's last film, Taken, which was a well thought and realistic action-thriller then you're gonna be extremely disappointed. Recommended for action junkies only.


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